Beach-goers warned about monsoon season risks

MELAKA: Firemen in the state will go down to the beach to advise beach-goers the risk of swimming during the monsoon season.

Melaka Fire and Rescue Department’s director Abu Obaidat Mohamad (pic) said they aimed to have zero deaths from drowning.

“My men had started going to popular beachfronts here to advise beach-goers, although there are no rampant drowning cases, ” he said.

He said the high tides and huge waves posed a high risk to swimmers.

“It’s more of a pre-emptive measure to save lives, ” said Abu Obaidat, adding that he was proposing for more life-saving appliance (LISA) kits to be made available at popular beachfronts in the state.

He said the LISA kit contained, among others, life jackets, emergency kits and rescue buoys.

He said one kit had been placed at the popular Pantai Puteri on a trial basis.

“I will propose for more LISA kits if the trial proves to be successful and well-received, ” he added.

Abu Obaidat said his men would also educate beach-goers on using the equipment.

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